As the semester draws to a close, my American Government classes are learning about protections guaranteed under the United States Constitution. In previous years, students have been able to work in groups to create a presentation about a landmark Supreme Court case in which they: identify the constitutional issue at the center of the case, describe what happened to cause the case, the outcome of ... Read More about What did THEY Learn BINGO – Student Choice and Reflection
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Teacher Goals for a New School Year! 2017-2018 Edition
It's that time of year again! The month when teachers have to start retraining our bladders, setting alarms, and (if you're like me) getting used to skipping an afternoon nap - that's a tough one! I've been so fortunate this summer to attend many great PD sessions that stretched my perspective and challenged me to create an awesome learning environment for my students. Check out a few of my ... Read More about Teacher Goals for a New School Year! 2017-2018 Edition
A Day in My Flipped Classroom Part Two: What does my flip look like?
Welcome to part two of A Day in My Flipped Classroom! Today, I'll be sharing how a typical day looks in Petty Wap's classroom. THE VIDEOS... In a typical unit, which normally lasts anywhere from two weeks to a month and a half depending on the content, my students have between 3 and 7 instructional videos that they actively view. The videos are 3-7 minutes in length, and most of them are about ... Read More about A Day in My Flipped Classroom Part Two: What does my flip look like?
A Day in My Flipped Classroom Part 1: Why I modified my flip
The flipped classroom strategy is gaining tons of well-deserved attention in the education community. The advent of educational technology and it's availability in classrooms around the world creates an awesome environment for flipping traditional instruction. However, what happens if all students don't have reliable internet access at home? They may have a device, (school-issued or personal) ... Read More about A Day in My Flipped Classroom Part 1: Why I modified my flip
Teaching with Technology: A Few of My Favorite Things
While you were reading the title of this post, you heard Julie Andrews singing that iconic Sound of Music song, didn't you? Don't lie :) As the school year winds down, I decided to share a few of my favorite things - from EdTech tools, Twitter hashtags, and everything in between. Welcome to the Teaching with Technology favorite things post ... part one of many, I'm sure :) Just in case you're ... Read More about Teaching with Technology: A Few of My Favorite Things